Shades of Grey

I liked Billy Joels song “Shades of Greay” when I was little. Like, age 8. I had great taste in music, what can I say? Back then I just liked it for its groove, but these days… wow. It has quite another meaning that I relate to only too well.

Please enjoy “Shades of Grey” by Billy Joel. Lyrics below for your convenience.

Before the song begins I just wanted to write about some things that I relate to in the song lyrics. When I was young, certain things seemed so obvious to me. (Was it like that for you too?) My parents taught me a religious truth, and I took it–hook, line, and sinker. That applies to some political issues too. As I’ve gotten older, and my curiosity has driven me to learn about the world I live in, I realize… good god, I’m a moron. I use to see things as right and wrong, and NO In-Between. Black and white. no. No. NO. Everything… EVERYTHING is shades of grey. Emotionally charged issues are nuanced. Shades of grey keep me paralyzed and unsure. Some people use uncertainty as an opportunity to fight for dogmatic truths and this is a mistake.

Let it be known that my ideas will always be in some state of grey. I say with certainty (all generalities are false, remember?) that I will never have a white or a black opinion. I will always be some subtle shade of almost white or almost black. This state of unknown hurts, but it is necessary in order to be honest.

For all these reasons, this song REALLY speaks to me, and I think of it as my personal anthem. Please enjoy.

Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!
Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!

Some things were perfectly clear, seen with the vision of youth
No doubts and nothing to fear, I claimed the corner on truth
These days it’s harder to say I know what I’m fighting for
My faith is falling away
I’m not that sure anymore

Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know
Black and white is how it should be
But shades of grey are the colors I see

Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!
Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!

Once there were trenches and walls and one point of every view
Fight ’til the other man falls
Kill him before he kills you
These days the edges are blurred, I’m old and tired of war
I hear the other man’s words
I’m not that sure anymore

Shades of grey are all that I find
When I look to the enemy line
Black and white was so easy for me
But shades of grey are the colors I see

Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!
Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!

Now with the wisdom of years I try to reason things out
And the only people I fear are those who never have doubts
Save us all from arrogant men, and all the causes they’re for
I won’t be righteous again
I’m not that sure anymore

Shades of grey are all that I find
When I look to the enemy line
There ain’t no rainbows shining on me
Shades of grey are the colors I see

Shades of grey wherever I go
The more I find out the less that I know
There ain’t no rainbows shining on me
Shades of grey are the colors I see

Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!
Ba ba baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Ba ba Baduwa Taa!

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